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Post by Old and Slow » Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:59 pm

My attempts at curing the crankshaft rear oil leak by only renewing the bottom half of the seal hasn't worked, so I need to take the engine out to get to the top half of the seal.
I intend leaving the gearbox in situ, and not disturbing the head if possible. With all ancillaries removed and the the rad out and the upper cross-member removed I think there is clearance to do this.
I will change the front oil seal, so need the timing chain cover gasket; I'll also look at the clutch - 660XYB has the Mk2 Jag Moss gearbox so I assume it is a Jaguar clutch plate. What else should I be looking at?
All suggestions and comments gratefully received (in the past I've only rebuilt BL Series A engines, hopefully nothing too different?).


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Post by philhoward » Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:08 pm

Core plugs? For the sake of a few quid, always worth doing whilst the engine is easy to get at otherwise the law of Sod will prevail.

Clutch plate could be anything - if it doesn’t immediately tally up with anything else then I think the likes of Precision Clutches in Yeovil are good for “can I have one of these please” requests for oddball stuff


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Post by chrisgallacher » Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:28 pm

I removed my engine with the head off, but that was because a head gasket problem kicked the work off. I think not disturbing your Mays Head is very wise if you don't need to.

I removed my engine with the cross-member out of the way, but with the head off and the gearbox disconnected I didn't have to remove either the bonnet or the rad. With the head on you may have to remove the rad to move the engine forward a bit so the rear clears the bulkhead - not certain.

Certainly core plugs. Possibly timing chain too? Readily available and cheap I think. I don't recall any particular problems - these are tough old simple engines and little is out of reach of the competent diyer.

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Post by Old and Slow » Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:16 pm

Hi all,
Thanks for the feedback. Next question:
Where are the core plugs on a 2.6 straight six engine? None of the Workshop Manuals I have show them, and the official Ford parts list I have (albeit for the Mk 1 engine, not Mk 3) doesn't show any either. The only item shown is a blanking plate for the rear of the camshaft.
If needed, are they available in stainless, and do you 2-part epoxy (araldite) them in place?


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Post by Oaksey » Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:21 pm

Just measure them and buy the correct sized ones as I've not found a ready made set for them. I don't use anything to hold them in place but I coat the inside and joint faces with a water resistant sealant to aid sealing and corrosion resistance


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Post by Old and Slow » Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:32 pm

Thanks Oaksey; from here on, I'll be using a "Project Progress" thread, asking for supplier details etc. so I won't expect anything more on this thread.


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Post by Joe. » Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:50 am

https://coreplugs.co.uk/stainless-steel ... less-steel - Just used these guys to get a full set of stainless plugs for the Essex, quite a bit more expensive than mild steel but hopefully worth it in the long run.
All there plugs are made in-house in the UK too.



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Post by lambrettald » Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:40 am

Hi - can you tell me please which ones and how many you ordered please as will buy some (love stainless and eliminates another failure item)

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Post by chrisgallacher » Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:27 am

Joe. wrote:
Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:50 am
https://coreplugs.co.uk/stainless-steel ... less-steel - Just used these guys to get a full set of stainless plugs for the Essex, quite a bit more expensive than mild steel but hopefully worth it in the long run.
All there plugs are made in-house in the UK too.
Not come across these before - like the idea


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Post by roymck » Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:35 am

Joe. wrote:
Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:50 am
https://coreplugs.co.uk/stainless-steel ... less-steel - Just used these guys to get a full set of stainless plugs for the Essex, quite a bit more expensive than mild steel but hopefully worth it in the long run.
All there plugs are made in-house in the UK too.
Joe do you know what sizes and quantities for the S6 and V6 engine . Brilliant idea.



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Post by Joe. » Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:35 pm

Hi, for the essex I ordered:

1.5/8" x 1
2" x 1
1.1/4" x 12 ( think the essex only needs 11 I wanted a spare just in case. )

The whole order was about £35, not sure what the sizes are for the straight 6 off hand so can't help there...



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